Dance competitions may seem daunting to those who haven’t yet participated in one, but as any dancer who regularly competes will tell you, they are incredibly rewarding and challenging experiences with many practical benefits for dancers of all ages. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most significant benefits of joining a dance competition team.
You Become a Performance Pro
Dancers who stick to in-studio performances may only perform once or possibly twice a year, while dancers who are participating in competitions–either solo or as part of a dance competition team–will find themselves on stage much more often.
The benefits of performing on stage more than once or twice a year cannot be overstated: dancers who compete will understand how to utilize rehearsals and practices more effectively; they understand how to manage and calm pre-stage jitters; they know what sort of items (ranging from hairpins to extra makeup) they’ll need to bring backstage; and they overall find themselves much more confident in their on-stage performances than dancers who do not have as many stage opportunities.
Competition Critique Enables Improvement
While a dance studio will provide critique for their students, it’s a bit different when the critique is coming from someone who is viewing the dancer’s style and ability with an impersonal eye and without the context of that dancer’s history at the studio in mind.
Critique from competition judges is often to the point and allows dancers to think more objectively about their performances. What worked? What didn’t? Why didn’t it work and how can I improve it for the future? These are just some of the questions that dancers may be able to answer when they are given personalized critiques from competition judges.
Connections and Networking
This is especially vital for any dancer who plans to take their passion for dance beyond the hobby level. Dancers who are hoping to make dance their career can benefit exponentially from dance competitions due to the high level of networking and other connections that goes on at these events.
Depending on the level and location of the competition, there may even be industry insiders attending in order to see who the up-and-coming dance stars of the future may be. And while dancers should not expect to attend competitions and then immediately be handed a contract for a professional gig, their participation in competitions may expose them to thousands and thousands of potential connections that could help them in the future.
Winning–And Losing–Is Beneficial to Self-Esteem
It’s important for dancers to be able to handle loss and rejection, especially if they plan on taking dance to any sort of professional level. Dance Competitions can help dancers learn how to manage their emotions when they don’t win–whether that means they didn’t win first place or, in the future, didn’t get the role they wanted.
Conversely, dancers who win at these dance competitions also benefit by being able to connect their own hard work, hours of practice, and personal sacrifices that were necessary in order to perfect their routine.